An Interview With Geert Vanden Bossche PhD, DVM
Along with this video, I've included Geert Vanden Bossche's professional biography and two more related articles below. I highly recommend you read them ! As a scientist Geert Vanden Bossche has been a full member of the vaccine development world - but one who takes risks and potential downsides of vaccines particularly seriously. He's deeply concerned at our response to COVID-19 so far - and calls urgently for a change of course.
The change called for, however, is first of all a scientific one. Stepping back from hasty, fear-based or politicized policies and decisions :
"I am herewith posting a list of a series of publications that have been instrumental in providing enlightening insights on the interplay between Covid-19 and the host immune system. They provide so to speak critical pieces of the puzzle that I have been putting together.
Entire puzzles are rarely published. That’s why publications rarely bring solutions to complex problems. For your convenience, I have allocated the publications I consulted to different categories. As you will appreciate, I have been tapping into several disciplines. To ‘solve’ a problem as complex as a viral pandemic, one has to draw from several different fields, including epidemiology, (molecular) biology, virology, immunology, genetics, vaccinology and even biophysics. Again, this is why ‘finished’ puzzles cannot be found in science journals specifically dedicated to a specific field of interest."
At the end of the second article below, he finishes with :
"I only take responsibility for the statements and scientific papers that I have published myself. I want to emphasize that what I am trying to convey goes beyond various beliefs and opinions. They are irrelevant to what concerns us as humans. In fact, they are an obstacle. Above all I want to safeguard my integrity and insist on absolute independence. The response to my appeal should remain only and purely scientific and in no occasion ever be used or abused by any non-scientific rhetoric."
Interview, articles, credentials, recommendations - urgent recommendations. I encourage you to study these thoughts and call to action ; and to share and take action on them in the spirit they're given !
Executive Summary and Supporting Articles : Geert Vanden Bossche
Addendum to Executive Summary March 17, 2021
About Geert Vanden Bossche
Experience Company Name : VARECO
Dates Employed : Sep 2012 – Present
Employment Duration : 8 yrs 7 mos
Location : Europe
Independent vaccine consultant with a long-standing track record in Academia, Vaccine Industry and Global Health (GH) ; providing support on vaccine project management as well as advice, guidance and expert opinion on preclinical development of vaccines & biologicals, from project selection up to IND.
Assignments include prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine projects in Human and Veterinary Vaccine Industry, Small Biotech, Global Health organizations in the US or Europe
My knowledge, insights and skills cover a diversified spectrum of Life Science domains including :
- Life Science Project Management (in early and late dvpt)
- Due diligence on technologies & processes related to vaccines, adjuvants and biologicals
- Patent writing and strategic IP management
- Guidance on regulatory requirements to CMC documentation, DMF files
- Target product profiling and SWOT analysis
- Infectious and immune-mediated diseases including their (immune) pathogenesis and epidemiology
- Host-pathogen interactions and mechanisms of immune escape
- Innate and adaptive immunology (both, humoral and cell-mediated)
- Antigen discovery
- Preclinical vaccine development (including animal experimentation as well as immunological and physicochemical characterization of vaccines and biologicals)
- Vaccine formulation science and modern vaccine delivery technologies (incl. devices) ; modern technologies for enhancement of antimicrobicidal activity in multidose vaccines
- Small-scale pre-GMP vaccine manufacturing (incl. synthetic chemistry of Ag or adjuvant, recombinant Ag expression, viral vectors, upstream and downstream processing)
To enhance the quality and capacity of my consultancy services, I leverage an extensive network of professional contacts providing direct access to US and European governmental and regulatory agencies, Academia and Research Institutions, Human and Veterinary Vaccine Industry, Global & Public Health organizations and CROs in the US and Europe
Company Name : German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF)
Dates Employed : Aug 2017 – Feb 2018
Employment Duration : 7 mos
Location : Cologne, Germany
Spearheading a portfolio of translational vaccine research projects, conducted at German universities and research centres sponsored by DZIF. Holding overall accountability for strategic alignment of translational infection research in support of preclinical and early clinical testing
Developing a trans-academic translational network for Vaccine development totaling eight universities and research organizations across Germany
Company Name : Univac
Dates Employed : Nov 2014 – Nov 2016
Employment Duration : 2 yrs 1 mo
Location : HuldenbergI
I founded Univac as inventor of a new vaccine technology which I subsequently further developed as CSO of the Company. The technology enables the development of universal vaccines educating the host immune system to redirect immune targeting away from canonical antigens to a widely divergent spectrum of vitally vulnerable pathogen-derived ‘self-mimicking’ antigens, irrespective of MHC polymorphism. Although ‘non-self’ and exposed on the surface of infected or pathologically altered cells, these antigens are not effectively recognised upon natural infection or disease.
This new type of vaccines harnesses the power of the immune system by unlocking the untapped potential of self-centered Natural Killer (NK) cells capable of recognising these unconventional antigens. The resulting type of immune response is unprecedented and licenses the host immune system to readily eliminate infection or to cure disease across a broad range of unrelated pathogens and/ or mammalian species. This sharply contrasts with conventional targeting of natural immune responses as induced by conventional vaccines.
Because of their fast (NK cells) and universally protective effect, Univac vaccines are uniquely suited to prevent pathogenic agents from escaping host immune responses as of an early stage of infection or immune-mediated disease. The technology obviates the need for traditional adjuvants, multiple boost injections or expensive manufacturing processes and is readily compatible with intradermal or mucosal administration. Hence, it also offers unprecedented advantages in terms of safety, convenience and cost-effectiveness
Company Name : Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)
Dates Employed : Mar 2015 – Mar 2016
Employment Duration : 1 yr 1 mo
Location : Geneva Area, Switzerland
During my term at GAVI, I coordinated GAVI’s Ebola Vaccine Program and contributed to the implementation of an integrated vaccine work plan in collaboration with Global Health Partners (WHO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CDC, UNICEF), regulators (FDA) and vaccine manufacturers to enable timely deployment or stockpiling of Ebola vaccine candidate(s) that suitably meet the requirements for use in an Ebola epidemic. In this capacity, I also contributed to several workshops aimed at proposing novel and efficient approaches to improving preparedness in cases of Global Health Emergencies of international concern
Company Name : Positions in Academia
Dates Employed : Sep 1980 – Sep 2015
Employment Duration : 35 yrs 1 mo
Location : Belgium - Germany
Training in Veterinary Medicine at the faculty Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix and the State University of Ghent (1980-1983)
- Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine from State University of Ghent (1983)
- Postdoctoral training in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the Free University of Berlin, Germany (1984-1987)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Virology at James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA (Sept 1990- mid 1991)
- Research scientist in Virology, Immunology and Molecular Biology at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany (1987- 1990)
- Board certified in Veterinary Virology (1990)
- Senior Research Scientist and Head of Environmental Virology at University
of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (1990-1994)
- Board certified in Veterinary Microbiology and Animal Hygiene (1992)
- Visiting Professor in Environmental Virology at the European Faculty for Environmental Sanitation (1998-2004)
- Adjunct Professor in Environmental Virology and Zoonotic Diseases at University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (1997-2000)
- Visiting Scientist at the REGA Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium (2013 - 2015)
Company Name : Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Dates Employed : May 2008 – Jun 2011
Employment : Duration3 yrs 2 mos
Location : Seattle, Washington 98102, USA
Responsible for operating Vaccine Programs (e.g., HIV-1, Malaria, TB, Polio) and establishing international product development partnerships for immune interventions in Global Health (e.g., with Academia, Biotech Industry, NIH, Welcome Trust, WHO, PATH). Coordinating and spearheading international collaborations and consortia on innovative vaccine approaches and steering multidisciplinary vaccine initiatives
Company Name : Solvay Biologicals
Dates Employed : Jul 2007 – May 2008
Employment Duration : 11 mos
Location : Weesp, the Netherlands
Responsible for leading the operational aspects of an interdisciplinary project team including the planning and implementation of adjuvanted Influenza vaccines that enable dose sparing.
Implementation of commercial-scale production of cell-based methods and expansion of Influenza vaccine production capacity such as to meet DHSS (U.S. Department
of Human Health Services) contractual requirements (Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan)
Company Name : Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics
Dates Employed : Aug 2006 – Jul 2007
Employment Duration : 1 yr
Location : Siena, Italy & Emeryville, USA
Vaccine Research Program/Adjuvant Program responsibilities :
- Project leader of NVD's RSV vaccine project (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
- Coordinator of preclinical activities on combined seasonal RSV-Influenza vaccine
or elderly & high risk adults
- Responsible for defining and shaping the scope and strategy of NVD's adjuvant and vaccine delivery technologies including management of NVD’s adjuvant portfolio, opportunity sourcing, and establishment of an internal interdisciplinary due diligence team for the evaluation of relevant extramural opportunities
Company Name : Glaxo Smith Kline Biologicals
Dates Employed : May 2001 – May 2006
Employment Duration : 5 yrs 1 mo
Location : Rixensart, Belgium
- Research Program Leader on Vaccine Formulation Development & Alternative Deliveries and in charge of biophysical characterization activities on adjuvanted vaccine formulations.
- Coordination and follow-up of extramural contracts & collaboration agreements
on new immunization strategies and innovative vaccine adjuvant, delivery or formulation technologies (e.g., co-delivery, mucosal, subcutaneous, intradermal immunization)
- Development and validation of vaccine and adjuvant characterization assays
- Study of adjuvant-antigen interaction and of adjuvant structure-function relationship
- Coordination and resource management of preclinical activities including CMC section of INDs and cGMP production of (adjuvanted) vaccine candidates
- Planning laboratory activities and establishing outside collaborations with academia
Total Duration : 6 yrs 4 mos
Title : Senior Project Leader ‘Adolescent Vaccine Projects
Dates Employed : Jun 1998 – May 2001
Employment Duration : 3 yrs
Location : Rixensart, Belgium
Major responsibilities :
- Project Management on Raw Material Traceability (RAMATRA) and vaccine projects in Late Development, e.g., Herpes Simplex Virus type 2, Hepatitis B, Streptococcus Pneumoniae and Enterotoxic Escherichia Coli (in collaboration with SBL Vaccines, Sweden)
Employment Duration : 3 yrs 4 mos
Location : Rixensart, Belgium
Major responsibilities (3 direct reports ; 6 technicians) :
- Management and coordination of vaccine product development, optimization as well as validation of analytical methods in accordance with regulatory requirements or guidelines and vaccine marketing constraints
- Budget management of all activities related to QC assay development
- Transfer from R&D and further development of new QC-relevant characterization techniques on
new vaccine candidates (e.g., HSV-2 vaccine, Lyme disease vaccine); contacts with national/international regulatory and health authorities (e.g., FDA, NIBSC, IHE, WHO) on technical dossiers ; active participation in pre-IND meetings
Source of Geert Vanden Bossche profile : LinkedIn.com
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Ideological Alignment Pushing America
Toward Totalitarianism, Experts Warn
Concerns over the nexus of big tech, big media, and big government
By PETR SVAB
January 21, 2021
The formation of a totalitarian state is just about complete in America as the most powerful public and private sector actors unify behind the idea that actions to stamp out dissent can be justified, according to several experts on modern totalitarian ideologies.
While many have warned about the rise of fascism or socialism in “the land of the free,” the ideas have largely been vague or fragmented, focusing on individual events or actors. Recent events, however, indicate that seemingly unconnected pieces of the oppression puzzle are fitting together to form a comprehensive system, according to Michael Rectenwald, a retired liberal arts professor at New York University.
But many Americans, it appears, have been caught off guard or aren’t even aware of the newly forming regime, as the idea of elected officials, government bureaucrats, large corporations, the establishment academia, think tanks and nonprofits, the legacy media, and even seemingly grassroot movements all working in concert toward some evil purpose seems preposterous. Is a large portion of the country in on a conspiracy ?
The reality now emerges that no massive conspiracy was in fact needed—merely an ideological alignment and some informal coordination, Rectenwald argues.
Despite the lack of formal overarching organization, the American socialist regime is indeed totalitarian, as the root of its ideology requires politically motivated coercion, he told The Epoch Times. The power of the regime is not yet absolute but it’s becoming increasingly effective as it erodes the values, checks, and balances against tyranny established by traditional beliefs and enshrined in the American founding.
The effects can be seen throughout society. Americans, regardless of their income, demographics, or social stature are being fired from jobs, getting stripped of access to basic services such as banking and social media, or having their businesses crippled for voicing political opinions and belonging to a designated political underclass. Access to sources of information unsanctioned by the regime is becoming increasingly difficult. Some figures of power and influence are sketching the next step, labelling large segments of society as “extremists” and potential terrorists who need to be “deprogrammed.”
While the onset of the regime appears tied to events of recent years—the presidency of Donald Trump, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, the Capitol intrusion of Jan. 6—its roots go back decades.
Is It Really Totalitarian ?
Totalitarian regimes are commonly understood as constituting a government headed by a dictator that regiments the economy, censors the media, and quells dissent by force. That is not the case in America but it’s also a misunderstanding of how such regimes function, literature on totalitarianism indicates.
To claim power, the regimes don’t initially need to control every aspect of society through government.
Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Workers Party in Nazi Germany, used various means to control the economy, including gaining compliance of industry leaders voluntarily, through intimidation, or through replacing the executives with party loyalists.
Similarly, the regime rearing its head in America relies on corporate executives to implement its agenda voluntarily but also through intimidation by online brigades of activists and journalists who take initiative to launch negative PR campaigns and boycotts to progress their preferred societal structure.
Also, Hitler initially didn’t control the spread of information via government censorship but rather through his brigades of street thugs, the “brown shirts,” who would intimidate and physically prevent his opponents from speaking publicly.
The tactic parallels the often successful efforts to “cancel” and “shut down” public speakers by activists and violent actors, such as Antifa.
Dissenting media in America haven’t been silenced by the government directly as of yet. But they are stymied in other ways.
In the digital age, media largely rely on reaching and growing their audience through social media and web search engines, which are dominated by Facebook and Google. Both companies have in place mechanisms to crack down on dissenting media.
Google gives preference in its search results to sources it deems “authoritative.” Search results indicate the company tends to consider media ideologically close to it to be more authoritative. Such media can then produce hit pieces on their competitors, giving Google justification to slash the “authoritativeness” of the dissenters.
Facebook employs third-party fact checkers who have the discretion to label content as “false” and thus reduce the audience on its platform. Virtually all the fact checkers focused on American content are ideologically aligned with Facebook.
Attempts to set up alternative social media have run into yet more fundamental obstacles, as demonstrated by Parler, whose mobile app was terminated by Google and Apple, while the company was kicked off Amazon’s servers.
To the degree that a totalitarian regime requires a police state, there’s no law in America targeting dissenters explicitly. But there are troubling signs of selective, politically motivated enforcement. Signs go back to the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups or the difference in treatment received by former Trump adviser Lt. Gen Michael Flynn and former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe—both allegedly lying to investigators but only one getting prosecuted. The situation may get still worse as the restrictions tied to the CCP virus see broad swaths of ordinary human behavior being considered “illegal,” opening the door to nearly universal political targeting.
“I think the means by which a police state is being set up is the demonization of Trump supporters and the likely use of medical passports to institute the effective equivalent of social credit scores,” Rectenwald said.
While loyalty to the government and to a specific political party plays a major role, it’s the allegiance to the ideological root of totalitarianism that gives it its foot soldiers, literature on the subject indicates.
The element “that holds totalitarianism together as a composite of intellectual elements” is the ambition of fundamentally reimagining society—“the intention to create a ‘New Man,’” explained author Richard Shorten in “Modernism and Totalitarianism: Rethinking the Intellectual Sources of Nazism and Stalinism, 1945 to the Present.”
Various ideologies have framed the ambition differently, based on what they posited as the key to the transformation.
Karl Marx, co-author of the Communist Manifesto, viewed the control of the economy as primary, describing socialism as “socialized man, the associated producers, rationally regulating their interchange with Nature, bringing it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by the blind forces of Nature,” in his Das Kapital.
Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Workers Party in Nazi Germany, viewed race as primary. People would become “socialized”—that is transformed and perfected—by removing Jews and other supposedly “lesser” races from society, he claimed.
The most dominant among the current ideologies stem from the so-called “critical theories,” where the perfected society is defined by “equity,” meaning elimination of differences in outcomes for people in demographic categories deemed historically marginalized. The goal is to be achieved by eliminating the ever-present “white supremacy,” however the ideologues currently define it.
While such ideologies commonly prescribe collectivism, calling for national or even international unification behind their agenda, they are elitist and dictatorial in practice as they find mankind never “woke” enough to follow their agenda voluntarily.
In Marx’s prophecies, the revolution was supposed to occur spontaneously. Yet it never did, leading Vladimir Lenin, the first head of the Soviet Union, to conclude that the revolution will need leadership after all.
“The idea is that you have some enlightened party … who understand the problem of the proletariat better than the proletariat does and is going to shepherd them through the revolution that they need to have for the greater good,” explained James Lindsay, author of “Cynical Theories : How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody.”
Elements of this intellectual foundation can be found in ideologies of many current political forces, from neo-nazis and anarcho-communists, through to progressives and to some extent even neoliberals and neoconservatives, Lindsay acknowledged.
“This is why you see so many people today saying that the only possible answers are a full return to classical liberalism or a complete rejection of liberalism entirely as fatally disposed to create progressivism, neoliberalism, etc.,” he said.
That’s not to say these ideologies are openly advocating totalitarianism but rather that they inevitably lead to it.
The roadmap could be summarized as follows :
There’s something fundamentally and intolerably wrong with current reality
Points four and five now appear to be in progress.
Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos recently labeled the widespread questioning of the 2020 election results as “violent extremism,” which social media companies should eradicate the same way they countered online recruitment content from the ISIS terrorist group.
The “core issue,” he said, is that “we have given a lot of leeway, both in traditional media and on social media, to people to have a very broad range of political views” and this has led to the emergence of “more and more radical” alternative media like OAN and Newsmax.
Stamos then mused about how to reform Americans who’ve tuned in to the dissenters.
“How do you bring those people back into the mainstream of fact-based reporting and try to get us all back into the same consensus reality ?” he asked in a CNN interview.
“And can you ? Is that possible ?” CNN host Brian Stelter added.
The logic goes as follows : Trump claimed the election was stolen through fraud and other illegalities. That has not been proven in court and is thus false. People who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and managed to break inside and disrupt the electoral vote counting did so because they believed the election was stolen. Therefore, anybody who questions the legitimacy of the election results is an extremist and potentially a terrorist.
With tens of thousands of troops assembled to guard the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) recently told CNN that all guard members who voted for Trump belong to a “suspect group” that “might want to do something,” alluding to past leaders of other countries who were “killed by their own people.”
Former FBI Director James Comey recently said the Republican party needs to be “burned down or changed.”
“They want a one party state,” commented conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza in a recent podcast. “That is not to say they don’t want an opposition. They want a token opposition. They want Republicans where they get to say what kind of Republican is ok.”
Just as Marx blamed the ills of the world on capitalists and Hitler on Jews, the current regime tends to blame various permutations of “white supremacy.”
“Expel the Republican members of Congress who incited the white supremacist attempted coup,” said Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) in a recent tweet, garnering some 300,000 likes.
She was referring to the Republican lawmakers who raised objections on Jan. 6 to election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Their objections were voted down.
“Can U.S. Spy Agencies Stop White Terror ?” Daily Beast’s Jeff Stein asked in a recent headline, concluding that a call for “secret police” to sniff out “extremist” Americans “may well get renewed attention.”
Under the regime, allegations of election fraud—de facto questioning the legitimacy of the leader—have become incitement of terrorism. YouTube (owned by Google), Facebook, and Twitter have either banned content that claims the election was rigged or are furnishing it with warning labels. Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey was recently recorded as saying that banning the president’s account was just the beginning.
The approach closely mirrors that of the Chinese communist regime, which commonly targets dissidents for “subverting” the state or “spreading rumors.”
What’s the Alternative ?
If calls for radically reorganizing the world are inherently totalitarian, how is the world to avoid them ? The question appears to be its own answer. If totalitarianism inherently requires allegiance to its ideology, it can’t exist in a society with a lack of such allegiance.
The United States were founded on the idea that individual rights are God-given and unalienable. The idea, rooted in traditional beliefs that human morality is of divine origin, stands a bulwark against any attempt to assail people’s rights even for their own good.
“If you’re not a believer in actual God, you can posit a God’s ideal on the matter ..… We have to posit some arbiter who’s above and beyond our own prejudices and biases in order to ensure these kinds of rights. ..… Because otherwise you have this infinitely malleable situation in which people with power and coercive potential can eliminate and rationalize the elimination of rights willy-nilly,” Rectenwald said.
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Luke 21 : 25-36 King James Version
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars ; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity ; the sea and the waves roaring ;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth : for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads ; for your redemption draweth nigh."
In my church we hear this Gospel reading each Sunday in Advent - the beginning and first festival of the Christian year, that culminates in Christmas. We may hear it as many as five Sundays, a bell repeatedly tolling - images of turbulence, yet a mood also of expectation and hope.
The reading continues :
29 And he spake to them a parable ; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees ;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away : but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
This year 2020 has manifested more than its share of fear, doubt and hatred - the "three beasts of the abyss" that always lurk near us as human beings, tempting us to our darkest potentials, misleading us, sometimes tragically, from our best ones. It has been a year of threats and dire predictions, of losses, disruption and change pressed on us largely against our will. These things have "befallen" Roswitha and me too, and while we've tried to meet them directly and honestly as we could, "the spirit of Christmas" has not come easily this year. At low points, I've had to just let myself feel pain, accept it and turn my whole attention to whatever Goodness, Beauty and Truth there might be in or around me ; and trust that it will be enough.
Tonight, though, the spirit of Christmas found us ! Friends from our travels flew in, and we had a truly exquisite meal - for me, perhaps the best "turkey with all the fixings" I've ever experienced ! The conversation was earnest and uplifting, and behind us a saxophonist played Christmas songs and others so soulfully, it more than once brought tears to my eyes.
When we finally emerged to the street, the moon and stars were shining brightly ; Christmas lights shone from windows ; couples and families strolled by with many warm greetings of "Feliz Navidad" ; and suddenly, feliz in my heart it was. As we walked to our car, I could only say "Friends - now it's Christmas Eve !"
When we arrived home and I checked the computer, the first thing I came upon was this :
"The forms that our consciousness takes from our original thought or intent can become unrecognizable in life's troubles and obstructions but can end up looking all the more beautiful when observed with the eye of an artist."
- Danica Wolkiser
With this image :
And the further comment :
"What you see here is something rare that's being described as what happens when a rainbow falls apart. It’s actually a rainbow being diffused by scattered raindrops which reflect off the clouds behind it. If the clouds were gone it would just be a regular rainbow."
- Howard Curtis
To all of this, I could only say "yes - yes !"
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Please Make These Dreams Come True !
Today, on Election Day 2020, I'm building my wish list for the next 365 days. Since you're my friends I hope you'll help me make them come true :
1) I'd really like to see my friends on the more conservative side discover (please bear with me) MEXICO, if they haven't yet, and - exercising normal precautions and common sense - come down here and see what it's about. Don't just hang out in a time share ghetto with other gringos, find ways to get out there and see how the people are and live. It could change your life and outlook in surprising ways.
Beyond that, to my more conservative friends, I wish for you that you find ways to travel in general, if you can. Same reasons.
2) I'd like to see the following people get together, with no more initial agenda than "we need to talk" :
- Black Lives Matter people.
- Good cops who've been pushed to the edge by staffing and budget cuts this year.
- Parents of children with vaccine injuries.
- People with food and chemical sensitivities.
- People with autoimmune diseases.
- People highly sensitive to electromagnetic fields.
- People who've lost or had their businesses crippled by COVID-19 policies
- People who do "non-essential" work, and have lost most of their income due to COVID policies this year.
- People who are in the tourist industry and have been devastated by COVID policies this year.
- People who've lost or are in danger of losing their homes this year because
of COVID policies.
- People who've ESCAPED the COVID economic havoc thus far.
- People who take as much responsibility for their own health as they possibly can.
- People 100% willing to learn more about caring for their own health, and take more responsibility for it in the next year.
I'd also like to see people who want to make voting rights complete and pristine sit down with people who want to make MEDICAL FREEDOM complete and pristine. Friends, can we talk ?
3) I wish for my conservative friends who haven't acknowledged man made global warming so far, to do so ( ! )
I also wish for my more progressive friends who DO acknowledge GW to step back from government regulation as a way of dealing with it - and instead focus on egregious individual offenders ("law enforcement approach").
The point is that there is a problem ; but that regulation of all things cripples - while prosecution of serious dangerous practices actually works, and is ENOUGH.
Make this crucial, CRITICAL distinction, people - and start talking to each other !
4) The question arises for me : how do you reduce the flames of divisiveness in our country - and the world ? Two things that occur to me :
a) Withdraw fuel.
b) Withdraw air.
We really can't control the actions or attitude of others - only our own. We can "keep our own side of the street clean", and no one can really stop us from doing that. Here are some things I hope we do in the next year (and in fact, always) :
- Refuse to make inflammatory statements, and STEP BACK when others do.
- Deal only in facts we can verify.
- Look for the things we AGREE on with people, and work together with them on those, where possible.
- Take a step deeper into the process, and contact our elected officials with our wishes and concerns. Do it regularly, and build up an actual relationship with them.
- Give direct feedback to CORPORATIONS that are causing us injury, harm or loss. Under everything, we need them to change their practices that hurt us, and their products that cause us harm. It's a feedback loop we perhaps haven't used much yet, but I think we need to start talking to them directly. If they ignore us, we still have the option -together - to bring down the law on criminal actions. That's what the law is for.
The message in ALL these things, I think, is that we need to talk to each other - regularly, directly and with goodwill. Including with people we don't usually talk to.
Please help make my wishes come true !
Jeff Smith RN (Retired)
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One hidden potential benefit in a crisis, is that it throws us back on our own resources - it makes us dig deeper, and extend our development in new and important ways. Such has been the case for this group in the the Philippines, where COVID-19 lockdowns are among the most extreme in the world.
These lockdowns have been especially devastating for people in second and third world countries. I received this yesterday from a Facebook Friend in the Philippines, and it's one of the most comprehensive presentations on COVID I've seen. It give both an overview of the matter, and insight into many of its component parts.
I post this for your personal interest - but please also share it with friends. Click here for the homepage of this in-depth resource. I encourage an initial scan of key topics, then a deeper dive into those aspects closest to your heart :
"Science Has Spoken - End the Lockdown"
Here's an additional link to this group's newsletter (highly recommended) :
COVID Call to Humanity
And a sampling of some typical blog posts :
Truth to Action
Although it's become one, I feel COVID-19 should never have been a political issue. It's a medical, practical and social problem in need of solutions - but not beyond our collective grasp. This website explores questions of science in a sober, clarifying way, with skilled review of facts and statistics. It should untangle certain common confusions, and show pathways for more effective action.
Be well - and be part of the solution !
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"Just a little review of my termination 2 years ago from a 35 year career in nursing.
I declined the mandatory flu shot.
I requested to wear a mask during the duration of "flu season," which had always been hospital policy.
I was told that surgical masks as well as N95 masks are not effective in filtering viral particulate.
Masking was no longer an option and I was fired.
Now the public is being told to be "good citizens," "wear your mask to protect others," "you're being selfish if you don't mask."
Excuse me - I don't understand why I was fired 2 years ago because hospital grade masks were not effective enough in filtering viruses, but now suddenly tying any kind of covering around your face is good enough to protect you and the public.
I call BS on all of it !
I'm sick of all of the constantly changing guidelines and recommendations.
The science doesn't change every other week but politically driven, orchestrated narratives do.
Just think about it. If masks are made mandatory for all, people will be eager to line up for the experimental covid vaccine just to be able to take off their masks.
Forced compliance has always been looming.
No shot - wear a mask indefinitely.
No shot - you can't travel.
No shot - you can't renew your driver's license.
No shot - sorry you can't go into public places.
Get the picture ?
Sorry I'm not buying it, nor will I comply to mandated mask wearing or mandated vaccines.
If you're sick stay home. If you're healthy breathe freely and maintain your health and immune system.
In a few short months we may be faced with another mandatory order. What will your choice be ?
I value my autonomy and the right to make my own health decisions. That won't change."
Michelle McAllister Krinsky
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Seven Requirements for Healthy
Growth and Development
Michaela Gloeckler, MD
The health of the modern human being depends entirely upon how he thinks of himself as a human being and upon which path of development he travels.
Everyone who becomes aware of divine spiritual existence, who "awakens" to it, can learn how to become healthier and more human. Rudolf Steiner, an experienced teacher in the realm of self-development, has described how this can be done. In his books Esoteric Science, Theosophy and How to Know Higher Worlds, he clearly states that the acquisition of knowledge, the striving for higher development or meditative exercises can only be beneficial if we make the results of this work fruitful for daily life. For ultimately, how can such magnificent human characteristics as veneration, inner peace, courage, confidence, hope, loyalty, devotion, love and honesty become autonomous and, in turn, confirm the autonomy of others ? To be learned, these qualities must be rooted in everyday life, and in fact, have to be developed and proven in daily life.
The First Requirement
"The first requirement is that we turn our attention to improving our physical and mental or spiritual health. Our health does not in the first place depend on us, yet we can make the effort to improve it."
From the above statement, we might surmise that we are given free license to egotistically cultivate our own health. However, the right balance between pleasure and duty can be found. We are very much bound up, both mentally and physically with our daily tasks - so much so that we often overlook our health. We may skip a meal, or we work through half the night —or even all night to make ends meet. In other words, the demands of our work often prevent us from paying adequate attention to our own well-being.
The Second Requirement
"The second requirement is to feel ourselves fully part of life. It holds true for the smallest thing as well as greater ones. For example, out of such an attitude I will be able to look at a criminal totally differently, holding back my own judgment and saying to myself: he is a human being just as I am. My particular upbringing probably prevented me from a destiny like his. If his teachers had taken the same trouble with him as mine did with me, he may have thrived. I will reflect that I have enjoyed privileges that were denied him, and that I can thank my circumstances for the good fortune that was granted me. Then the realization that I am simply a member, a segment of the whole of humanity, will not be foreign to me, and that as such I am co-responsible for everything that happens."
Whoever practices this requirement, comes to the somewhat shocking realization as to just how much power is exerted by our own actions. If someone annoys me, and I react on that level, the situation can easily escalate or lead to lasting discord. If I avoid reacting to the person but instead ask myself : how should I act so this person can express their better nature - or : what was he experiencing inwardly - what may have happened to him at home that his tolerance level is so low ? Even if we are unable to answer such questions, the very fact that they are posed non-judgmentally is an important step. It is not uncommon that, faced with such an attitude, the other person begins to change his/her behavior after a time.
The Third Requirement
"..... that we win through to the conviction that our thoughts and feelings are as important for the world as our actions. Hating someone is just as destructive as a physical blow. This leads to the insight that I not only do something for myself when I perfect myself, but I do something for the world. The world is served as much by my pure feelings and thoughts as it is by my good deeds."
Anyone who knows someone for whom they feel love, respect, and veneration, knows just how effective good thoughts and feelings are in relationships. Children treated with loving respect grow up in an atmosphere that acts as a moral wall of protection against common daily mishaps and fearful experiences, and they grow up with quite a different inner confidence than would be possible without this kind of protection.
The Fourth Requirement
"The acquisition of insight that our true nature lies within. If we see ourselves merely as a product of our physical environment we cannot accomplish anything in esoteric training. The basic requirement is to consider ourselves as a being of soul and spirit. When we manage to break through to this conviction we are in a position to discriminate between inner calling and outer achievement, discovering that one is not necessarily measured by the other. As esoteric students, we must find the middle balance between what outer circumstances demand and what we know to be true to our character. This practice develops what, in esoteric science, is termed the ‘spiritual scales.’ On one of its scales lies a heart open to the needs of the outer world, and on the other 'inner certainty and unshakeable endurance'.”
The Fifth Requirement
“Steadfastness in following through on a resolution once it has been made. Nothing should lead us to abandon something we have decided upon except the insight that we have made a mistake. Each resolution we make is a force that works in its own way - even when it is not immediately successful in the area where it is first applied. Success is crucial only when we act out of longing, and any action motivated by craving is worthless from the point of view of the higher world. In the higher world, love is the only motivation for action. Everything which stirs the esoteric student to action should come to expression in this love. Then we will never fail to transform resolutions into deeds, regardless as to how often we have failed in the Past.”
The Sixth Requirement
“A sixth requirement is that we develop a feeling of gratitude for everything that human beings receive. We must realize that our own existence is a gift of the whole universe. What a great deal is necessary so that each one of us can receive and sustain our existence ! How much we owe to nature and to other people! Those who seek for esoteric training must lean towards thoughts such as these if they are to develop the all-embracing love necessary to attain higher knowledge.”
“All of the aforementioned requirements must unite in a seventh : to continue to understand life in the sense that these requirements demand. By doing so, the esoteric pupil creates the possibility for giving life the character of unity. The individual expressions of his life will be in harmony and will not contradict each other. He will be prepared for the peace of mind to which he must attain during the first steps in esoteric mining.”
It becomes clear to us, when we take a look at our own path of development, that although we are imperfect, we are capable of development. Becoming more human allows us, if we are willing, to follow these requirements, to practice them and be willing to try ever anew. If we are able to make the sources for them more and more accessible, we are then at the same time increasingly able to achieve good health at the three levels of our existence, in the physical, soul and spiritual. Apart from this, we will also acquire a basic healthy ethical attitude which can stimulate the development of our humanity in all realms of life.
Michaela Gloeckler, M.D. has been Head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland since 1988. She co-authored A Waldorf guide to Children's Health : Illnesses, Symptoms, Treatments and Therapies, Floris Books. This article is adapted from a lecture given in September 2001.
Special thanks to Anne Sproll for translation from the German
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"A truth which should be engraved in the human soul as a lofty moral maxim : When you see something evil in the world, do not say, Here is evil - that is,
imperfection ; ask, rather, How can I attain to the enlightenment which will show
me that on a higher plane this evil is transformed into good by the wisdom of
the cosmos ? How can I learn to tell myself : Here you see naught but imperfection because you are as yet unable to grasp the perfection of this imperfect
thing ? Whenever man sees evil he should look into his own soul and ask himself, Why am I not yet able to recognize the good in this evil that confronts me ?"
- Rudolf Steiner
As human beings, illness and death belong to our situation - always. Again and again in smaller and greater ways, they announce their presence in our lives ; at times they send us hard shocks. They remind us to live circumspectly, have caution in our affairs ; at best to find purpose in life, and have compassion for others.
The aggressive nature of evil, however, strikes us as different - something cruel, perverse, unnecessary. Beyond the burdens and sorrows of illness or death, it seems intent to destroy the whole.
I don't read the above quote to say we shouldn't oppose evil ; but rather that
we notice gaps and distortions in our own mindset, that affect how we understand and fight.
What we're being reminded of, I think, is that there are greater forces at play in the world than just evil - and that we tend to lose sight of them. As there are world-destructive forces - no matter how great - there are world-perfecting forces too.
Activism, perhaps more than some other kinds of work, deals especially with evils
in the world. But to think of these as imperfections, as they're called here, helps break their hold on us. That perfecting forces in the universe also see the evil, know it and have their own goals in the matter, means it's not all up to us - and this can
be a relief.
Without losing focus, we can first of all simply be ourselves ; and freed a little from anger, fear, even desperation we feel about evil, we can begin to grow our view of life larger. This is the potential.
Whether for survival or for service to the world, life asks us to keep a lot of balls in the air - always. When we're focused on evil, our mood's often one of being in danger. Our thoughts, feelings and actions get entangled in it, trapped in it. As Rudolf Steiner observes, we have our own issues that need attention. We're used to thinking we must control everything, and it frightens us to think we can't.
But if we wait out our fears and judgments, and don't act immediately - if we can find our way to trust in something greater, our need to fight/flee/freeze changes.
Without yet even looking for a bigger picture, we can better keep the balls, the many facts of our situation in the air of our imagination, so to speak - until they themselves report to us what the pattern is. And it can be breathtaking.
First, we may discover that instead of a great monster threatening to devour us, the universe is a symphony of factors, a great work of art ; and that evil is just one instrument, whose tone served to awaken us, and for which we can even be grateful. And that we too are an instrument with a part to play - a challenging part we may have to work hard to learn, but through which we develop competence - and of which we can be proud.
And we get to play with others - friends - whose parts we can listen to and be grateful for.
We often labor under the burden that we must be the great conductor of the universe - or that if we can't, there's something wrong with us. Poor us. But good
for us that we don't have to be - that we can just be valuable working parts in a mystery : a noble unfolding drama/comedy in which we're both thrilled audience and indispensable participants.
We all have pain in our lives, and must die, no matter what. But we don't have to die fearful, snarling at death, illness, evil. And more important, we don't have to live
that way !
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